and the Pot Of Gold
one spring morning Midge and Glen were sitting underneath an old
playing “make believe.” Midge
had her doll that Grandma Rosa had
from an old sock and Glen was busy positioning some old boards
a square to keep his pet frog, Jimmy, from hopping away.
“Move over, Midge!” Glen ordered her to make room for one more
that time big raindrops began to pelt the wagon and they saw
running in from the garden with her apron full of garden seeds.
She smiled as she saw the children under the wagon and since
it was still a good distance to the house, Grandma got down on her knees
the wagon with Midge and Glen. Midge
began to giggle because
thought Grandma was too big to get under the wagon but she did it anyway.
it looks like it won’t rain for long,” announced Grandma cheerfully,
toward the sky and then she frowned when she saw Jimmy.
Glen, put that frog back in the bucket right now!”
Grandma, he likes the rain.” Glen
I know but I’m not overly fond of frogs and besides
get away from you”
reluctantly obeyed and just about that time the little
was letting up and the sun was beginning to peek out
the dark clouds.
Grandma, look at the pretty colors in the sky!” Midge exclaimed.
turned to look and said, “Oh what a beautiful rainbow!”
is it, where did it come from?” asked Midge who had never seen a rainbow
looked at Midge and sighed saying, “It’s called a rainbow.
knows that rainbows happen because of Leprechauns.”
began to laugh saying, “Grandpa has been telling
me, tell me too!” pleaded Midge.
Midge,” Grandma began her story, “ Grandpa likes to tell stories
the land where his family used to live. It is a place way across
ocean called Ireland, and there are many stories
the Little People.”
People?” Midge questioned.
they say that many years ago in old Ireland there lived the
People, or Leprechauns. They
say they are very tiny, less
two foot tall! They hide from
us because they think that
are greedy and foolish. Leprechauns
look like little old men
they dress like shoe cobblers. They
wear old-fashioned green
a cocked hat, a cobbler’s apron, and buckled shoes.
shoes for themselves and all the other Little People.
Leprechauns are always busy and have to make a lot of
because they love to dance so much that they wear their
out very quickly. Grandma
whispered, “If you listen
sometimes you can hear the tap-tap-tap of their
little hammers in the forest.”
there Leprechauns in Oklahoma, Grandma?
Are there girl
too?” Midge asked excitedly.
there ain’t no girl Leprechauns, you silly ole girl.” Glen moaned.
now, you just never know about Leprechauns and where
might turn up, even right here in Oklahoma,” Grandma announced
she frowned at Glen because he knew better than to be rude to Midge.
was getting caught up in her story as she continued, “You see,
Leprechauns have pots full of gold and they hide them, Grandma
mysteriously. They are always
moving their pots of gold
the end of the rainbow marks the very spot where the
of gold is hidden. Why,
sometimes they spend the whole day just
their pots of gold to new hiding places so they won’t be found!”
and Glen had been listening intently as they stared at the
spread across the sky before them. About
rain stopped and Grandma got up, brushed herself off, and
“Enough stories…I have work to do.
As soon as the rows
ready, you two can help plant the seeds.”
from beneath the wagon and headed back toward the garden.
had no more gotten back to the garden when Glen pulled
Midge’s arm and said, “Come on, Midge!”
to?” Midge asked.
rainbow, silly, we’re gonna find that pot of gold and buy Grandma
blue calico she always looks at in the store when we go to town.”
says not to call me Silly.”
laughed and put his arm around Midge and with a twinkle in his eye
said, “Okay Silly, I won’t call you Silly,” and then he took off
that, Midge took off after Glen threatening to tell Grandma as they
out across the prairie toward the end of the rainbow. They ran
ran but the rainbow was further away than it looked.
to where they thought the rainbow should be but the
had faded away.
it, it’s gone!” Glen exclaimed.
Leprechauns must have moved it.” Midge said sadly.
took Midge protectively by the hand and turned back toward home
of them looking forlorn. The prairie grass was so tall that Midge
see over it so she got behind Glen and held tightly to his
They walked and walked for what seemed like forever to Midge.
tired, are we lost?” Midge sniffled.
we ain’t lost!” Glen said quickly, even though he wasn’t quite sure.
then, Midge could hear the grass going “swish-swish, swish-swish”
then a tap-tap-tap sound. “It’s
the Leprechauns!” Midge
fear as she grabbed Glen around the waist and hid her
behind his back.
and Glen stood motionless when all at once they looked up and
was Grandma! What a relief!
They were glad it was just the tools
the pockets of her apron that made the tapping sound because
of them were quite sure they were ready to meet
with a real Leprechaun.
was so overjoyed to see Grandma but then she saw that
face looked very angry. “What do you mean going off like
she shouted. “You know you
aren’t supposed to go this far
home! What on earth were you
thinking? You must be
miles from home!”
sorry,” Glen said quietly, deciding to take the blame.
looking for the pot of gold,” he sputtered, “and…and we were
to buy you the calico with it. We
didn’t know it was so far away.”
began to cry.
Grandma, she was so angry and yet so relieved that they were
all right. Grandma also felt
bad because she remembered that i
was her fault for telling them the story about the Leprechauns and
pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
sighed and kissed them each and then took them by the hand.
she walked back toward the house with a child on each side, Grandma
explained that the pot of gold was just a story.
She then told them the true meaning of the rainbow and how God had
put it in the sky after the flood to
them know He would not destroy the earth again by a flood.
rainbow is God’s reminder… like a promise, a covenant,
God made to Noah and to all of us.” Grandma explained as she
down and took their faces in her hands, “My sweet children,
continued, “God said, “ I have placed my rainbow in the
It is the sign of my permanent promise to you and to all
earth.” God wanted to show us
how much He loved us so he
the rainbow in the sky and that, my children, is worth more
any old pot of gold.”
the roads rise to meet you.
May the wind be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rain fall soft upon your fields
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Old Gaelic Blessing)